Another one of the top-selling portable air compressors on today’s market is the 5510SE model by California Air Tools. It edges the Porter Cable C2002 and DeWalt DWFP55126 in some aspects but then again, it is in a slightly different class, both pricewise and sizewise. The most important feature of this compressor, which made it vastly popular is the level of the operating sounds. It is perhaps the quietest air compressor on the market, and that is why a lot of people who work in noise sensitive environments prefer it over the rest.
Features That Make It Stand Out
The true reason behind the low operating noise is the 1700 RPM motor on the inside. While this is considerably lower than most compressors, it also helps in another aspect. The fewer rounds per minute a motor does, the less damage it takes over time. This is why this air compressor is not only durable but with an exceptionally long life as well. This is something which greatly raises its stock price in the eyes of many professionals. The oil-free characteristic of the unit helps all that longevity and durability as well.
Size and Capacity
The size of the air tank here isn’t much different than the one of the C2002. In fact, it is half a gallon less, but still around 2 gallons more than the Makita MAC700, which has one of the smallest air tanks out of all the units we reviewed. It also has a smaller output of 120 PSI (compared to the 160 of the C2002). Another aspect where the 5510SE falls short is the weight. It weights at around 52 pounds which is some 20 pounds above the average for this class. Don’t worry about that weight, though, as there are wheels attached to the compressor, which will make carrying it around fairly easy.
A few numbers that might make you look away are the 3.1 CFM at 40 psi and 2.2 SCFM at 90 psi. This is considerably lower than other compressors in this range, and using it with a colleague of yours will probably be a waste of time at this point. The main selling point of this unit is that is super quiet and it works good enough for a single person. Furthermore, it is durable and the motor lasts longer than other motors.
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- Oil-free motor working at 1700 RPM
- Most silent air compressor on the market
- Motor lasts longer and has fewer maintenance issues
- Wheels help you move it around
- Great for indoor use
- A little pricey considering there are cheaper and more powerful alternatives
- Isn’t ideal for multiple users
- A bit on the heavy side (there is an aluminum version which is quite lighter)